Mr. Coney Island on the Half Moon Hotel
The hotel was meant to be a vanguard of western boardwalk expansion, but this plan was derailed by the Great Depression.
The hotel served as a naval hospital, the Harbor Hotel, and the Hebrew Home for the Aged, before being demolished in 1996.
For many, the Half Moon is best remembered as the site of Murder Inc. hit man turned snitch Abe "Kid Twist" Reles's 1941 death by defenestration, an incident which led him to be posthumously known as ""the canary who sang, but couldn't fly."
Ask Mr. Coney Island: The Half Moon Hotel [Coney Island History Project]